/aw rif"euhr euhs/, adj.
yielding or containing gold.
[1720-30; < L aurifer gold-bearing (see AURI-1, -FER) + -OUS]

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  • Auriferous — Au*rif er*ous, a. [L. aurifer; aurum gold + ferre to bear: cf. F. aurif[ e]re.] Gold bearing; containing or producing gold. [1913 Webster] Whence many a bursting stream auriferous plays. Thomson. [1913 Webster] {Auriferous pyrites}, iron pyrites… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auriferous — containing gold, 1727, from L. aurifer gold bearing, from auri , comb. form of aurum gold (see AUREATE (Cf. aureate)) + fer producing, bearing (see INFER (Cf. infer)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • auriferous — [ô rif′ər əs] adj. [L aurifer (< aurum, gold: see EAST + ferre,BEAR1) + OUS] bearing or yielding gold …   English World dictionary

  • auriferous — adjective Etymology: Latin aurifer, from aurum + fer ferous Date: 1655 containing gold …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • auriferous — adjective Containing or producing gold; gold bearing Syn: gold bearing See Also: ferous …   Wiktionary

  • auriferous — bearing gold Bearing and Carrying …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • auriferous — au·rif·er·ous || ɔː rɪfÉ™rÉ™s adj. containing gold …   English contemporary dictionary

  • auriferous — [ɔ: rɪf(ə)rəs] adjective (of rocks or minerals) containing gold. Origin C17: from L. aurifer gold bearing + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • auriferous — au·rif·er·ous …   English syllables

  • auriferous — au•rif•er•ous [[t]ɔˈrɪf ər əs[/t]] adj. mir yielding or containing gold • Etymology: 1720–30; < L aurifer gold bearing (see auri I, fer) + ous …   From formal English to slang

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